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Sofia's architectural masterpieces and monuments

Duration: 3h and 30min
Languages: Spanish
Guru: Krasina
Registered on December 21, 2022

Hello! I'm Krasina, (Cris :)) for short and I'm a licensed tour guide for Bulgaria and I live in the capital Sofia. Walking tours through the central part of the city are a great passion for me, because this is how the useful and the pleasant are combined - movement and knowledge. My favorite subjects are cultural heritage and architecture. I love Bulgarian folk dances because they recreate the popular folklore of the country. Traveling is part of my life in all aspects - personal and professional. I know that this is my vocation - to present Bulgaria, including the ancient capital Sofia, through my prism, because I believe that tourists who have visited the country once, including Sofia with me, will want to come back again.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

WELCOME TO ANCIENT MODERN SOFIA!
The highlight of our central tour will be THE MAJESTIC ARCHITECTURE of the capital and a visit to some captivating masterpieces.

I will show you the beauties of a magnetic Bulgarian city - Sofia. I literally unravel all the wealth that the capital hides and present all this to tourists with great excitement and fascination. And so we plunge into the depths of the urban world.
Let's experience together an unforgettable, fascinating and exciting city itinerary, full of curiosities, in which my worship and you - the tourists - are the protagonists. Let's be the big explorers of Sofia!

Please note that THIS TOUR INCLUDES 3 ZONES: MODERN (very well restored buildings), URBAN (CENTRAL): The LARGO SPACE with all its emblematic buildings and ANCIENT (THE OLD COMPLEX OF SERDICA). ALL ZONES represent THE CENTER of Sofia .

It will be a great pleasure for me to welcome everyone who has chosen THIS TOUR FOR 3 HOURS AND 30 MINUTES with me and is seriously interested in ARCHITECTURE and MONUMENTS!!!

RECOMMENDATION : THIS TOUR is designed FOR TRUE CONNOISSERS OF URBAN ARCHITECTURE AND MONUMENTS !!!

NOTE : THE WALKING TOUR IS NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH MOVEMENT DIFFICULTIES AND SLOW MOVING PEOPLE , because it has a fixed execution time, which each tourist must comply with and judge their walking pace !!!

IMPORTANT: THOSE WHO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR THIS TOUR BUT CANNOT COME MUST MODIFY THEIR RESERVATION FOR ANOTHER DATE OR MAKE A NEW RESERVATION OR CANCEL IT IN ADVANCE AT LEAST 2 HOURS BEFORE AND NOT AT THE LAST MINUTE!!!!! IT IS NOT RESPECTFUL TO THE TOURIST GUIDE BECAUSE THEY ARE WAITING FOR THE TOURIST AND WASTING THE TIME OF EVERYONE WHO IS PRESENT!!!!! THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING!!!


PLEASE, EVERYONE WHO CHOOSE THIS TOUR ALSO READ VERY CAREFULLY THE INFORMATION AFTER THE TOUR DESCRIPTION, BECAUSE IT IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE!!!!!

BEGINNING OF THE WALKING TOUR
Our route starts from the largest and most popular tourist object, which is a peak in the architectural construction of Eastern Orthodoxy. TEMPLE-MONUMENT OF ST. ALEXANDER NEVSKY with its golden domes, ancient frescoes and spiritual energy will delight you.

END OF THE ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
The tour ends in the area of ​​the OLD SERDICA COMPLEX, which will take you to the amazing underground world of the capital and The Religious Quadrilateral of Tolerance: The Orthodox Churches of Holy Dominic (Santa Nedelya, Sveta Nedelya) and Santa Petka Samardzhiyska, The Mosque of Banya Bashi, The Synagogue and The Catholic Cathedral of San Jose.

INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT

During the architectural tour, you will understand which OBJECTS we will look at ON THE OUTSIDE and some on the inside, and which ones I recommend you visit at your free time. Main part of which are:

  • The Temple-Monument of Saint Alexander Nesky
  • The First Museum of Christianity in Bulgaria (The Crypt of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral) - outside only
  • The Paisius Monument of Hilendarius (The Founder of Slavic-Bulgarian History)
  • The National Gallery of Art 500 Square - outside only
  • The National Library of Saints Cyril and Methodius with the Monument of the Holy Brothers of Cyril and Methodius (The Founders of Slavic Writing and Culture) - outside only
  • Sofia University of St. Clement of Ohrid - outside only
  • The National Academy of Arts - outside only
  • The Monument to the Liberator King (Emperor of Alexander II)
  • The National Assembly (Parliament) - outside only
  • The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - outside only
  • The Patriarchal Synod (The Holy Synod) - outside only
  • The Monument to the Unknown Warrior
  • The Eternal Fire
  • The Basilica of Santa Sofia
  • The Holocaust Memorial
  • The Monument of the National Hero of Vasilio Levski (The Apostle of Liberty)
  • The Monument to the poet of Juan Vazov
  • The Monument of King Samuel and his soldiers
  • Sofia Triangulation Point (Kilometer Zero) - outside only
  • The Central Military Club - outside only
  • The Russian Church of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker
  • The Branch of the National Gallery of Art and the National Ethnographic Museum (formerly the Royal Palace) - outside only
  • The Garden of the City by Juan Vazov
  • The National Theater of Juan Vazov - only outside
  • The National Bank of Bulgaria - outside only
  • The Ministry of Tourism - only outside
  • The National Archaeological Museum - outside only
  • The Presidency - only outside
  • St. George's Rotunda
  • The Ministry of Education and Science - only outside
  • The Largo City Center with the Buildings of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Presidency, the Branch of the National Assembly, the Council of Ministers and the First Central Store in Sofia - TSUM (not working today) - only outside
  • The Statue of Saint Sofia (The Symbol of The Capital)
  • The Archaeological Complex of La Serdica Antigua


OTHER INTERESTING INFORMATION FOR THE TRAVELER:
- If you are on a Sunday afternoon around 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. in the metropolitan center in the square ( the square in front of the National Theater of John Vazov ; the square of the Church of Holy Dominic, Santa Nedelya, Sveta Nedelya or the square in front of the Sofia History Museum (the former central mineral bath), you will have the great pleasure of participating in traditional Bulgarian dances (chorus and rachenitsa) with the locals.
In this way you will touch, even if only for a short time, the magic of Bulgarian national folklore .

NOTE: This walking tour lasts 3 HOURS AND 30 MINUTES WITHOUT BEST!!!!! It is much longer, as this tour covers quite a few iconic buildings and important monuments from Bulgaria's history! OBJECTS are ONLY seen from the OUTSIDE!!!!! As it often happens that tourists want to explore some of the sites with me from the inside , such as St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral , St. Sophia Basilica and St. George's Rotunda , pay attention to this and plan your walking time and pace consequently according to your commitments that are after the tour!!!

If you decide that this tour of this topic is interesting to you, but you think it is TOO LONG for you, but you don't have the energy to continue it, or you decide that it is not interesting after starting the tour , then THERE IS NO PROBLEM TO DISCONTINUE AT ANY TIME! WITHOUT PAYING ANYTHING!

There are NO rules on this tour and NOTHING IS MANDATORY!!!!!
There are rules that relate to the chronology of the tour , because if you decide to join you will understand that it is very important to follow this chronology.

REQUEST: I strongly request anyone who chooses this tour TO RESPECT THE AGREED MEETING TIME , as this is of utmost importance for every tourist. When the tour starts on time without waiting for latecomers or those who have not canceled their reservation, then there will be no need to remove sites from the tour, there will be no rush and therefore it will end on time.

In this sense, I request WHOEVER IS SURE THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN THE TOUR DESPITE HAVING A RESERVATION TO MAKE A MODIFICATION TO THEIR RESERVATION FOR ANOTHER DATE OR FORM A NEW RESERVATION OR CANCEL IT AT LEAST 2 HOURS BEFORE, because in this way the tourist waits in vain for the people who registered and are actually present at the agreed meeting place and at the agreed time!!!!!

PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL AT THE LAST MINUTE when all the tourists are at the agreed place or when only the guide is waiting for you and no one else has signed up !!!!! THIS IS A LACK OF RESPECT TO THE GUIDE!!!


THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!

TIP: Keep in mind that the weather in Bulgaria and the capital Sofia is very dynamic at any time of the year! I ask that anyone who decides to sign up for this walking tour ALWAYS carry AN UMBRELLA or A RAINCOAT or A WATERPROOF JACKET .

RECOMMENDATION: During your free time , I recommend visiting the following sites :
- The National Museum of Christianity ( The Crypt of the Temple-Monument of St. Alexander Nevsky ): for all those interested in icon painting
The National Gallery of Art Cuadrado 500: for connoisseurs of fine arts and sculpture )
- The Necropolis with catacombs, Roman tombs and mosaics under the Basilica of Santa Sofia: for those interested in Roman history and archeology )
- The National Ethnographic Museum (The Old Royal Palace): for those interested in national traditions, folklore, traditional costumes, carpet exhibitions (handmade)
- The National Archaeological Museum: for connoisseurs of archeology, gold treasures, icons )
- The Sofia History Museum (The Old Central Bath): for lovers of the history of the city and the lifestyle of the aristocrats of the 19th century .
- The Synagogue (a unique masterpiece of architectural art with its incredible chandelier )
- The Women's Market: the multicultural world of Sofia
- Vitoshka Pedestrian Street , emblematic for all residents and guests of the city with its shops, bars, cafes and restaurants , here you will feel the spirit of Sofia .
- The Church in the Boyana neighborhood (on the outskirts of the city), on Vitosha Mountain - it is necessary to use different types of public transport with transfers - one of the main symbols of Bulgaria under the auspices of UNESCO

If you have any questions related to the itinerary or anything unclear about the tour, please contact me here via the messaging platform. I will try to respond as quickly as possible!

I WELCOME YOU!
Are you ready to join me and adventure together into the depths of the metropolitan center?
I AM HERE! I'M WAITING FOR YOU! COME ON! ;)

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 S...
    pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
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    ON THE STAIRS in front of the main entrance TO THE TEMPLE-MONUMENT OF ST. ALEXANDER NEVSKY. I will be waiting for you there with great enthusiasm WITH A BIG SMILING FLOWER like me and A ACCREDITATION around MY NECK.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Sofia's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • 2
    Outside visit
    National Library
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Iglesia de Santa Sofía
  • 4
    Outside visit
    St George Rotunda Church
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Serdica Roman Ruins

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Ruben 12 Apr 2024
Petrer

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Espléndido tour donde disfrutarás al máximo de los secretos mejor guardados de la arquitectura e historia de Bulgaria. Fantástica y divertida Gurú con conocimiento inigualable local y perfecto español.
Pablo 08 Apr 2024
Córdoba

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Excepcional
Ángel 08 Apr 2024
Valencia

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
Muy contentos y sorprendidos de los tesoros de Sofia. Una ciudad encantadora y que Krasina nos mostró por 4 horas sin descansar. No fue para nada pesado, incluso al final se ofreció a continuar una última visita durante 10 minutos que finalmente no hicimos pues íbamos con 3 pekes. Sin parar de hablar durante todo este tiempo nos mostró con pasión todo el centro de Sofía, haciendo mucho hincapié en el inicio de su cultura como país hasta el presente. Una visita muy interesante y una guía totalmente entregada y apasionada con su trabajo. Siempre recomendaremos Krasina. Gracias
Sandra 25 Mar 2024
Montevideo

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Gracias Krasina! No paraste de mostrarnos y hablarnos de la historia de Bulgaria Gracias por alrededor de 3 horas regalarnos tu conocimiento, mostrarnos, hablarnos y caminar sin parar Por entrar a Alexander Nevsky y mostrarnos cada pintura. Éramos pocos pero nos diste, nos regalaste tu tiempo, tu conocimiento y nos reímos hasta llegar a hablar de las “hipótesis “ No perderse este tour porque Krasina se sale de lo común Gracias!!!!
Angel 10 Mar 2024
Barcelona

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Kris va ser un guru impecable. Varen estar mes de 3 hores i mitja amb ella, i realment, en aques temps, a mes de coneixer totes les particularits dels edificis i monuments de Sofia (Serdika) ens va explicar les caracteristiques principals del cirstianisme ortodoxe i del alfabet ciliric. Eran al tour nosaltres 2 i ella, i la sintonia va ser perfecte. Recomano el tour amb la Kris si has fet els deures, i ja tens una mica de coneixement de lo que trobares, i la Kris está per contestar totes les inquietuts. Crec que la Kris també se ho va passar bè amb nosaltres, doncs al final, ens va agraïr que per ella, havia sigut un vespre molt agradable, doncs ha dit que les nostres preguntes eran de un nivell alt. El seu espanyol es molt bó, i també es va donar indicacions per les visites a Rila i Plovdiv. Moltes graciés Kris per un vespre ple de conexeiments
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